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New Zealand inmate stroll stopped by pole

Posted: 01/29/2009 - It was less than a Great Escape. Two New Zealand prisoners who were handcuffed together as they fled a courthouse foiled their own getaway when they ran to opposite sides of a light pole, slammed into each other and fell to the ground.

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Cops: Goldilocks intruder lived in people's homes

Posted: 01/28/2009 - There wasn't any porridge to be too hot or too cold, and the homeowners weren't three bears, but a burglar emulating Goldilocks enjoyed other food and found the chairs and beds to be just right.

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Sheriff: Mich. man stages break-in, then calls 911

Posted: 01/28/2009 - Authorities in Michigan say a 24-year-old man broke into a gas station and called 911 on himself, claiming he wanted to go to jail to be with his incarcerated brother.

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One for the books: Baby born in Denver library

Posted: 01/28/2009 - There wasn't time to look up any books on obstetrics before a woman gave birth in the Denver Public Library. Library spokeswoman Celeste Jackson said the woman walked into the library Tuesday, said she had been riding a city bus and was in labor. She gave birth just inside the library entrance.

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Presumed mammoth tusk is actually a whale jawbone

Posted: 01/27/2009 - Earlier this month, a graduate student photographed what some thought was a remarkable find: A complete tusk of a prehistoric pygmy mammoth. Fortunately, it didn't turn out to be a mammoth - it was something even far older.

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Mexican chefs make world's biggest cheesecake

Posted: 01/26/2009 - Mexico has long been known for tacos and tequila - but cheesecake? Chef Miguel Angel Quezada says 55 cooks spent 60 hours making the world's biggest cheesecake - a 2-ton calorie bomb topped with strawberries.

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Wis. school's epic snowball fight flakes out

Posted: 01/26/2009 - When a whistle blew Saturday afternoon, two teams of University of Wisconsin-Madison students pelted each other with snowballs, but the 45-minute battle won't be going down in history.

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Plumber finds woman's diamond in the rough

Posted: 01/26/2009 - Just a case of plumb luck. It took a plumber to retrieve a woman's 7-carat diamond ring after city workers failed in efforts to flush the gem out of the pipes of a restaurant toilet.

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Looking for trash, workers find cash

Posted: 01/26/2009 - Three state highway workers cleaning up litter picked up an abandoned tire - and found about $100,000 inside.

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CHP: Bolinas man drove with Caltrans worker on car

Posted: 01/23/2009 - A Bolinas man is facing assault charges after deputies say he hit a state transportation worker and continued driving several miles while the man clung to the hood of the car.

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Soccer club mistakenly mourns 'death' of ex-player

Posted: 01/23/2009 - An English amateur soccer team mourning the death of one of its greatest players discovered an important error in the tributes by the club and local press to the 86-year-old man - he's still alive.

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Nebraska lottery draws same numbers twice in row

Posted: 01/22/2009 - The odds are against something this odd. A Nebraska Lottery official says the winning numbers for the state's Pick 3 lottery on Tuesday were exactly the same as the winning combination from the night before.

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NC campus police arrest 1 during snowball melee

Posted: 01/22/2009 - Authorities at a North Carolina college say a huge snowball fight got out of control, forcing campus police to use pepper spray on some students to contain the rowdy crowd.

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